Rugby family praise rescuers who pulled grandma from river

Joan Brazier and daughter Joanne

Joan Brazier and daughter Joanne

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The family of a pensioner who went missing and was then saved from a chilly river have praised her rescuers for saving her life.

Joan Brazier’s daughter and brother said they would be facing Christmas without her had it not been for the quick-thinking actions of her helpers.

The 80-year-old went missing from her home in Newbold for five hours on December 15 and ended up in water by Paynes Lane.

Daughter Joanne Diack said: “I want to say a massive thank you to the men who pulled my mum out of the water – they saved her life.

“They are father and son, Graham and Gareth Evans. I don’t know where we’d be without their quick-thinking actions.”

They heard Joan calling for help after she got into difficulty.

“Gareth heard her cries and went and got his dad out of the warehouse where they work. He got a torch and that’s when they saw her.”

They rushed to the water and pulled terrified Joan to safety.

“The ambulance crew were called and they were amazing too,” added Joanne, who lives in Newbold.

“She was rushed into resuscitation and they had to slowly warm her up. It was touch and go and we know that at any point we could’ve lost her.”

Joan was treated for pneumonia and various injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Joanne said: “My mum is such a strong lady and I know she is a fighter.

“I must praise the police too. They were fantastic and kept me calm when she was missing for nearly five hours.”

Joanne and brother John would like to thank everybody on Facebook for their support after they posted an appeal.

“I can’t thank everyone enough in helping us to find her,” said Joanne.

“Facebook was a big help. Although she’s going to be in hospital, we are just so pleased Joan is going to be with us for Christmas.”